This article is from the Alternative Medicine Therapies guide.
In the United States, practitioners typically specialize in a particular component of TCM, such as acupuncture, herbs, or massage, rather than the entire discipline. The regulation of TCM varies from state to state. Acupuncturists are licensed in many states and Doctors of Oriental Medicine (O.M.D.) are licensed in some states to prescribe herbal remedies as well as acupuncture treatments. Many biomedically trained doctors, naturopaths, osteopaths, and chiropractors have studied acupuncture and other branches of TCM and incorporated them into their practices.
Mastering the full range of Chinese medicine is a complex process that requires many years of study and practice. However, medical personnel with less training may still be able to perform acupuncture and herbal medicine safely, by working according to protocols designed by TCM practitioners. As you would with any health provider, check into your TCM practitioner's training and background.